Friday, July 17, 1981

Journey “Who’s Crying Now” charted

Who’s Crying Now


Writer(s): Jonathan Cain, Steve Perry (see lyrics here)

First Charted: July 17, 1981

Peak: 4 US, 3 CB, 3 HR, 11 RR, 14 AC, 1 CL, 4 AR, 46 UK, 3 CN, 65 AU, 1 DF (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): 1.0 US

Airplay/Streaming (in millions): 2.0 radio, 43.0 video, 36.3 streaming


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About the Song:

Journey began in 1973 as an offshoot of Santana. In just five years they evolved from a more progressive-rock-leaning band to a staple at album rock, thanks to hits such as “Lights,” “Wheel in the Sky,” “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’,” and “Any Way You Want It.” The latter two gave the band their first sniffs at the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 and the latter propelled Journey to the top 10 of the album chart with Departure.

Even though their star was clearly on the rise, the success of their 1981 album Escape pushed the group into unexpected blockbuster category. “Who’s Crying Now,” the lead single from the album, gave Journey a #4 hit and it was followed by two more top-10 hits with “Don’t Stop Believin’” and “Open Arms.”

Billboard magazine called “Who’s Crying Now” “one of Journey’s strongest and classiest records” and “one of the most appealing love songs” of 1981. WK The song showcases Steve Perry’s “passionate, wide-ranged vocals” AMG and “vocal riffs highly reminiscent of Sam Cooke.” WK The song explores “the ups and downs of a relationship.” AMG

Steve Perry wrote the chorus while driving from Bakersfield to San Francisco. He headed to keyboardist Jonathan Cain’s house and hummed the song to him. Cain then helped with the piano part SF and verses. WK Cain, who was previously a member of the Babys, had just become a member of Journey in 1980, replacing Gregg Rolie on keyboards.


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